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The second short par 4, drivable for some, at the Valley is named Elm for the spectacular tree which provides the backdrop for the unique, interesting and fun green. Raynor at times used one of his par 3 green complexes on a par 4, predominantly it was the Redan. At the Valley our spectacular 60 yard long Biarattz green on hole #11, has a mini-me sibling on hole #16!
The tee shot provides 3 distinct targets; short of the right bunker to the extremely wide fairway, the narrowing fairway beyond the right bunker yet short of the 2 fairway bunkers before the green, or the narrow green which brings 4 bunkers into play. The mini-biarritz green is best approached head on where pitching, chipping, and putting are all viable options. The putting surface has a mound front left, the swale is pinnable providing interesting putts from all angles, and the more challenging hole locations are found in the back where a vintage Raynor spine subtly impacts every putt. Modern day architects are increasingly using Biarritz greens on par fours in their designs, the Valley’s mini-biarritz is proof of concept!